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October 23, 2020

 

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First Christian Church of San Marcos

exists to lead people into a growing relationship

with Jesus Christ!

 

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The Sermon this week

Albert Schweitzer

 

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Join us this Sunday on FACEBOOK

look for the red "live" button.

10:30 am

Or any time thereafter on our website @ fcc-sm.org

Music will begin @10:15

See you Sunday!

 

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The church is the body of believers in Christ, not just a number of buildings throughout the world. There are 2.4 billion believers on earth right now and you may or may not be one.

If you are, what are you saying and doing in your daily life that would make a non-believer say, “I want to be a part of that.”? Are your words and actions inviting non-believers into a relationship with God or are your words and actions shutting non-believers out? Are you opening your circle or closing it?

 

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From Pastor Gregory;

We continue to be in a pandemic. A “pandemic” is a worldwide epidemic. That means the whole world is being attacked by a new, highly contagious and dangerous disease. And we still don’t know very much about it. What causes it? What are its long-term effects? How can we protect ourselves from it? How can we prevent it? We are learning by harsh experience.

 

As a Christian and as a pastor, I want to offer four observations that may be helpful.

1. Be safe, don’t be afraid.

What I mean is, we need to behave so that we minimize the spread of the disease for ourselves and our community. This is not rocket science. Containment is our best weapon against a virus. So in order to keep from spreading it, we need to follow the now well-known “Three W’s”:

  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask

2. Be patient, don’t be anxious

This virus isn’t going to go away soon. It isn’t going away once we get a vaccine, not for quite a while. It isn’t going away this year. It isn’t going away just because we are tired of having to adjust our behavior to contain it. What does that mean?

It means, take a deep breath. Relax. Stop denying ourselves the reality of the situation. Follow the advice of our Lord: Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Matthew 6:34)

Someone has said, “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

That attitude is encouraged by James: “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

3. Be proactive, not reactive.

Instead of wishing things were different, we need to find ways to live fully and happily in the present. How can we be a help to people around us? What do they need that we can provide or do? Who can we call or email or text or somehow communicate with that will lift their spirits and lighten their load and make their day? Here’s advice from Paul the Apostle: “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of

being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

4. Love you neighbor as you love yourself.

This is what Paul calls “the Law of Christ”. In a crisis, like a pandemic, one of the things it means is keep your neighbor safe. It’s why we as a church have decided not to gather in groups in-doors yet. We are not just following CDC guidelines. We are practicing the Golden Rule. We are seeking creative ways to communicate with each other and stay connected while showing concern for the most vulnerable among us. We are learning in new ways how to care for and protect and nurture our community and family and friends.

 

May we find peace in this time. We can do it by behaving safely, being patient, not over reacting, and caring for others.

Peace be with you!

 

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Youth will meet

Wednesday, October 28

in-person @ 6:00 @ FCC

See ya Wednesday!

 

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Last Sunday we had a wonderful time of worship and fellowship. Our Youth Group led our children in games after the service. The rest of us smiled as we watched them and enjoyed our time together. We hope you will join us in the future!

 

Upcoming Drive-thru communion dates:

November 1

November 15

 

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This week at First Christian

Adult Bible Study - Linda Vetters @9:30 am Sunday on Zoom

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am on Facebook or @ fcc-sm.org

Pastor on the Porch - Friday @ 10:00 am

Informal meeting with Pastor Gregory Ross on zoom

 

How Can We Pray for You?

If you wish Prayer for any reason send your request to

fcc@fcc-sm.org

place "Prayer Request" in the subject line -

our staff & team will pray for you.

Please pray for these . . . Daily!

All of our kids (age 0 - 5th grade) as they struggle to find a new normal in school. For our youth (grade 6 - 12 +) as they deal with their anxieties about what the future holds for them.

For our parents as they try to hold things together for their kids, their work and the health and safety for them all.

For FCC, the Board and Staff for tough decisions that are being considered and made. For all of those in our community

who are in great need and are being impacted in

ways we can't comprehend by this pandemic.

Also for these with special health needs

and those experiencing grief:

Family of Jeannie Richards; Rebecca Chapmon; Tracy Wilson;

Maren Kay Milam and family; Kathy Kunchick; SMPD;

Vicki Roberts; David Voight; Dawn Jester; Bert Cobb; Susan Pruett; Jackie Cable; Judy Deforest; Kathy Smith;

Dorothy McLendon; Jean English; Honey Cuellar; Mary Tijerina; Dawn Shank; David Warren; Richard McDaniel;

Ellen & Manfred Kremkus; Melissa & Brett;

Martinez extended family; Judy Ritchie; David Druham;

Paula Lewis; HOME Center of Central TX;

 

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For a GREAT series on PARENTING

check out

https://northpoint.org/live

Watch the sessions from October 4, October 11,

you don't want to miss the October 18 session!! This coming Sunday, the 25th is the last in the series.

"Parenting in the 21st Century"

 

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Donate & Get the T-Shirt

 

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These items were delivered this week to help our Community @ HOME Center of Central Texas

A collection point has been set up at FCC outside the office

door for some of these items. You can also give items by going to their Facebook page and going to their Amazon wish list of items and ordering items from there. They have three or four different packs they give to the homeless and also could use help getting these packages together in gallon storage bags.

Some of the items needed are:

Water • Gatorade

Orange juice (small) • insect repellent

socks for men & women - above the ankle type

canned fruit • Crackers

Crackers & Tuna & Similar items.

protein bars • trail mix

tuna packs or other easy open canned foods

(for those occasionally put up in motels.)

disposable masks • hand sanitizer

Travel size toothpaste • shampoo • conditioner, soap

Gallon storage bags

Thanks to any of you who can donate items.

The homeless really are thankful to get any of these items.